Last week, Google Announced Video Chat for Android Phones running 2.3.4 (Gingerbread). You can even use it for Voice Chat, something you needed an app like Fring or Nimbuzz to do until now. The only bad bit was the 2.3.4 part,which meant it was limited to the Nexus S as of now. The way manufacturers issue Android updates, it might take forever to get this nifty little version of Google Talk on your device. Of course, there are the good folks over at XDA Developers working round the clock to get everything set up for all kinds of Android users (and non android users too).
So here’s a little hack to get Google Voice/Video Chat working on your Gingerbread Device (whichever version you’re running). It might even work on Froyo devices.
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First up, ROOT USERS ONLY. If you haven’t rooted your phone, then you can’t use this. Also, it doesn’t seem to work properly on all devices. I’ve read that it works best (the way it’s supposed to) on HTC devices Running Cyanogenmod 7+. For Galaxy S devices, it supposedly does only one way video right now, and doesn’t seem to able to find the front facing Camera.
Anyways, head over to this thread over at XDA and download the file and get cracking. Let us know what your results are! AND BACK UP YOUR CURRENT GOOGLE TALK APK.
- Using Root Explorer (Try the Super Manager App, available on the Market).
- Using CWM to flash the update.zip. Check here, and if that doesn’t work, try this.
- Using ADB, Follow the steps below;
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#mount the /system partition as writeable adb remount #backup the old Talk app adb shell mv /system/app/Talk.apk /system/app/Talk.apk1 #uninstall the old gtalk, I think it clears the related cached bytecode too. adb uninstall com.google.android.talk #copy the two new files adb push libtalk_jni.so /system/lib/ adb push Talk2.apk /system/app
Mixed reports coming in so far, so let us know what you think. It should work like the video below:
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